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๐ŸŒ• Sturgeon Moon Hike: Serrania Ridge to the Water Tank
The Full Moon in August is called Sturgeon Moon because of the great number of this huge freshwater fish that could once be found in lakes and rivers in North America. Madonna even had a hit song based upon this fish: ๐ŸŽตLike a Sturgeon ๐ŸŽตCaught for the very first time... Our hike begins on Serrania Ridge, a pocket of parkland on the suburban edge of Woodland Hills. The ridge's nameโ€”and its geographyโ€”seem to be in limbo. Serrania Ridge is also called Woodland Ridge. Is it a part of the Santa Monica Mountains? Or is it a part of Chalk Hill to the northeast? We can contemplate these questions as we roller-coaster up and down--mostly up--partaking views of the Santa Monica mountains rising before us, Calabasas hills to the right of us, Chalk Hill the the left of us and the west San Fernando Valley behind us. After about 1 mile we cross dirt Mulholland and continue on a steep trail to the top of the ridge where we'll turn onto a service road and head up to the water tank, watch the full moon rise and party. ๐Ÿท๐Ÿฅจ Special appearance by Madonna Bring snack and drinks to share Hike is a ~4-mile lollipop with about 1,000 ft total ascent. Trails will be well lit. No white lights allowed. Bring a green or red headlamp/light if you have one. If you don't you can piggy back off mine and the others' Facilities are available at the trail head (but may be locked?). Sunset: 7:29 PM Moonrise: 7:21 PM Directions From the 101 Freeway, take the De Soto exit and head south for 0.7 miles. On the way, De Soto becomes Serrania Avenue. Bear left onto Wells Drive and the park will be almost immediately on your right.

Serrania Park

20726 Wells Drive ยท Woodland Hills, ca


What we're about

Welcome to Hiking With Dean, the largest and most popular hiking group in the country and 2nd largest in the world (after Hong Kong Hiking Meetup)*

We meet regularly on the weekends for hikes mostly in and around the Santa Monica Mountains, between Pt Mugu to the west and Will Rogers State Park to the east. The Santa Susanas are another range we play in. Our group is known for doing these hikes a little differently than the hiking books describe them. So if you are tired of the same old hikes check out our versions!

I also provide hike reports so that you can review your adventures when you get home.

Once a month or so we'll leave our comfort zone and explore the trails of Orange County and Palos Verdes. During the Spring and Summer months I'll be leading evening and full moon hikes during the week (byob!).

Beginners are welcome to join the group and attend our easy and beginner hikes.

As a HWD member you are eligible to join our VIP Hiking Club ( For just $1.00 per month you can enjoy many benefits not available in other groups, for example, breakfast at the trail head, free prizes and other goodies, hiking secret and forbidden trails, no waiting lists, etc. Sounds better than the usual "please donate" doesn't it? For more information please visit the VIP web site (


โ€ข Don't be a flake by signing up and not showing up

โ€ข No dogs unless indicated in hike description (our special dog-friendly hikes)

The following is not a rule, but if you want to avoid being a victim of sarcastic remarks do not ask how long a hike is going to take. Hint: An eight mile hike takes about twice as long as a four mile hike.

*HWD has the largest membership per capita leader

Please, no dogs unless otherwise indicated in hike description.

Proud Member of:

Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council
California State Parks Foundation
The Mountains Restoration Trust
Montecito Trails Foundation
Conejo Open Space Foundation

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A Few Testimonials

Dean is a wonderful leader. He really paid attention to the needs of the group. He facilitated the group, but didn't control the group. I will attend again -- Kimmy

If Dean [one of the original SoCal Meetup-ers mind you] would ever write a book on hiking SoCal [as he rightfully should] it would be a must-buy. Dean is both knowledgeable and adventurous. Conscientious and kind. I would have no problem hiking with Dean anywhere. - Les

Dean is a great hike leader. He knows the trails. โ€” Lydia

The group leader Dean is very conscious of all of us hikers as a group. We all get to trek at our own pace comfortably and still stay together.He's got an agenda planned with an extra twist on where we are going to hike. โ€” elyse

Dean is an excellent group leader who knows the trails very well. He is always looking out for the welfare of his hikers. The group attracts some of the most pleasant people you can hope to meet. โ€” Bruce

What can I say? This group ROCKS!!! Some of the friendliest people I have met and the Organizer, Dean is a sweetheart! - Sara

Dean has organized the best group of hikers who like to hike and have fun. โ€” Blake

Dean is extremely knowledgeable and serves up a seemingly endless array of hikes. A very pleasant and down-to-earth group of people who are easy to get to know ... and like โ€” Drew

Dean is a strong hike leader with a friendly and outgoing group of people who know how to have fun while hiking - Laura

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